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Delbert Abercrombie

Delbert Abercrombie, 77, of Oark died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, at his home.

He was a native of Bakersfield, Calif., and son of the late Jim and Ophelia Barnes Abercrombie.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie Abercrombie; two daughters, Karen Briggs and Jennifer Rameriz, both of Bakersfield, Calif.; two sons, Butch Abercrombie of Catalpa and Darrell Abercrombie of Bakersfield, Calif.; two stepsons, Danny Longacre and Paul Alexander, both of Bakersfield, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Sandra Robinson of Oark and Debra Hammons of Catalpa; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services and burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Oark Cemetery with Don Collie officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Doyle Witherspoon

Doyle Witherspoon, 79, of Clarksville died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

He was a native of Norman, son of the late James Milton and Mabel Logan Witherspoon, graduate of Mena High School and the University of Arkansas, past president of the Clarksville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, member of Cherry Street Baptist Church and the Rotary Club, Navy veteran of World War II, and was president and chief executive officer of First Savings and Loan in Clarksville for several years.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Witherspoon; one daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Kerry Schneider of Clarksville; one son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Debbie Witherspoon of Little Rock; one brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Jeri Witherspoon of Conway; four grandchildren, Cortney Schneider and Logan Schneider, both of Clarksville, and Ryan Witherspoon and Reed Witherspoon, both of Little Rock; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3, at Cherry Street Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Usery and Rev. Rusty Bushong officiating.

Burial was in Oakland Cemetery under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Patrick Park, Gary Smedley, Carroll Pruett, Gary Rhinehart, David Crockett, and Darel Timmerman.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1120 Marshall Street, Little Rock, AR 72202 or to Baptist Medical Missions, c/o Temple Baptist Church, U. S. Interstate 30, Little Rock, AR 72209.

Everette North

William Everette North of Jonesboro, Ga., formerly of Johnson County, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004, at Arrowhead Healthcare.

He is survived by four nieces, Peggy Mason and Nina Mason, both of Clarksville, Betty Jean Nemecheck of Houston, Texas, and Latricia Lingenfelter of Claremore, Okla.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31. Burial was at Sherwood Memorial Park. Arrangements were under the direction of Horis A. Ward Funeral Home in Jonesboro, Ga.

Fred D. Evans

Fred David Evans, 76, of Piney View, W. Va., died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005, at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital.

A native of Hartman, he was a son of the late David Luther and Elizabeth Evans, retired machinist, Methodist, and was preceded in death by his wife, Freda Evans; one son, Mitchell Lilly; and two brothers, Howell and Duel Evans.

He is survived by one son, Dale Lilly of Fireco, W. Va.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Gaye and Mike McClanahan of Shady Spring, W. Va., Judy and David Davis of Crab Orchard, W. Va., and Lea and Don CoAngelo of Detroit, Mich.; one sister, Johnnie Ruth of New York; 17 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral was at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, W. Va., with Pastor Rodney Allen officiating. Burial was in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity, W. Va.

Active pallbearers were grandsons, Everett, Christopher, Larry, David and Andrew Lilly, and Paul Sharp Jr.

Honorary pallbearer was Sidney Lilly.

Jung S. Choi

Jung S. Choi, 80, of Russellville, mother of Mija Bartlett of Clarksville, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004, at her home.

She was a daughter of the late Hung Jib Choi and the late Kwon Se, native of Kangnung, South Korea, and was preceded in death by one son, Su Yong Kim.

Survivors include two other daughters, Yong Suk Cochran of Russellville and Yong Worar Kim of South Korea; one daughter-in-law, Okju Kim of Olathe, Kan.; six grandchildren, Ryan and Stacy Cochran, both of Russellville, Ranae Bartlett of Huntsville, Ala., Yejun Kim of Olathe, Kan., and Yong Kun Kwon and Yong Hun Kwon, both of South Korea; one great-grandson, Michael Guthrie of Huntsville; and three brothers and four sisters, all of South Korea.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31, at Shinn Funeral Service Chapel in Russellville with Rev. John Sweigart officiating. Burial was in Rest Haven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Eddie Carolan, Frank, Ryan and Johnny Cochran, Leo Chang and Yejun Kim.

Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Arkansas Chapter, 6213 Lee Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72205-9943.

Margueritte Becker

Frances Margueritte Pryor Becker, 94, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at Crawford Healthcare and Rehab where she had resided the past seven and one-half years.

She was a lifelong resident of Arkansas, former resident of Clarksville, native of Johnson County, daughter of the late Lester and Tina Lamb Pryor, widow of Tony Becker, a seamstress, and a retired licensed practical nurse having been employed for many years in Clarksville at both the hospital and in private practice. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Evelyn Curtis, Beulah Northcutt and Eula Jordan.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Grace and Paul McAllister of Mountainburg; four grandsons, Ron Folsom and Jeff Folsom, both of Van Buren, Joe Folsom of Bella Vista, and Mark Folsom of Barling; six great-grandchildren, Kevin Folsom, Amber Folsom, Joey Folsom, Emily Grace Folsom, Tanner Folsom, and Wyatt Folsom; four nieces; and two nephews.

Funeral was at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Gracelawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Ron, Joe, Jeff and Mark Folsom; great-grandson, Kevin Folsom; and Brian Wylie and Sherman Smith.

Norma Hodges

Norma Carolyn Lenhardt Hodges, 71, of Phoenix, Ariz., died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004.

She was a native of the Lutherville Community, former resident of Alaska, and retired secretary-treasurer of an air charter service.

Survivors are her husband, Troy Hodges; one daughter, Diana of Soldotna, Alaska; and one son, Ross (Tiger) of Maumee, Ohio.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at the Lutherville Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Valley of the Sun Mortuary and Cemetery in Chandler, Ariz.

Verna B. Gable

Verna Beatrice Gable, 77, of Lamar died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

She was a retired factory employee, Baptist, and daughter of the late Jim and Girty Barnett Clark.

Survivors are four sons and two daughters-in-law, Gerald and Mona Gable of Clarksville, Victor and Teresa Hawkins and Earl William Whitman, all of Boaz, Ala., and Robert L. Gable Jr. of Lamar; two sisters, Geraldine Oles and Loretta Porter, both of Clarksville; six grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Roller-Cox Chapel with Rev. Frank Shook officiating. Burial was in West Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Bobby Clark, Dale Dabbs, Carl Porter, Brian Crosno, Johnny Sanders, and John Blackburn.

Honorary pallbearers were Brian Cole, David Newton, and Paul Whitehead.

Veryl B. Stricklin

Veryl Bussey Stricklin, 57, of Coal Hill died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

She was a park attendant for the Corps of Engineers at Piney Bay, employee of Circle 64 Store in Coal Hill, attended the Coal Hill Baptist Church, and was a daughter of the late Ira Lee and Martha Elizabeth Vernon Bussey.

Survivors include her husband, Elmer Stricklin; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and David Nagengast of Flint, Mich., and Irene and Kenneth Sisk of Coal Hill; one son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Don and Laura Stricklin of Coal Hill; two sisters, Beatrice Moelander of Huntley, Ill., and Bonita Bussey of West Dundee, Ill.; one brother, Tony Bussey of West Dundee, Ill.; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, at the Coal Hill Baptist Church with Rev. David Qualls and Rev. Gerald Morris officiating.

Burial was in Hartman Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers were Billy Scarberry, Mike Guinnip, Ryan Stricklin, Randy Stricklin, Darrell Stricklin, and Dustin Moffit.

Honorary pallbearers were Daniel Moffit, Jason Stricklin, and Alan Stricklin.

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